I may be suffering from blog tour burnout. I tried to deliver what my hosts asked for, and I've been manic about keeping up with any comments we get. This involved a lot of custom writing, as well as a few things I had pre-written. If I remember correctly, there is one more post and it's a happening place.
I'm sure you're tired of hearing about The Playground by now. Most of the reblogs are to support my hosts. Anyone who comes through here regularly already knew about it months ago.
Pre-sales aren't exactly blowing my doors off either. Notebook sold a lot more copies before it dropped. I don't necessarily think it's the money either, although I admit Notebook is a 99¢ book. I believe it's about time. It doesn't take much time to read a short story, and it's easier to come back to when the next chapter is a whole new story. A novel takes a bit of dedication. Time is a precious resource to everyone these days.
Before I stop talking about The Playground tonight, I made a promotional poster. This went up in a couple of Facebook groups, and I put it up twice on Twitter. It got a few retweets, but no sales. Maybe I need to come up with something more eye catching. I have another one with no logo on it, but it still needs more work.
The rest of the day involved me not knowing what I want. I stalked around social media, and checked the comments on some of the older tour posts.
I shopped for a graphic novel, but nothing impressed me. Too many of them are sliced up into multiple tiny books that you have to buy individually. I would be willing to pay more for one entire story that I can just kick back and enjoy.
I'm not ready to start reading a new novel yet, because I need to dedicate some time. Maybe I'm drawing sales conclusions based upon how I am.
I went through my DVDs and nothing appeals to me there either. It's also date night, but I have no date. Like I said, I think it's all blog tour burnout. It's been fun, and I know it's a fun story. Maybe I'll get a review out of the pre-order books and that can start things moving.
Between manic bouts of social media, I managed to add about 1200 words to my short story. It's taking shape now, and feels more viable today. Everything is about to get rotten for my main character.
I sent out two more questionnaires for Lisa Burton Radio, and hope to keep this a weekly event. I also assembled Thursday's radio show, and it's going to be a fun one.
I feel like I squandered some good writing time this weekend. I avoided my novel project, because the tour was still going on. Short fiction fills the gaps quite well. I'm convinced this was the correct decision, but I still feel like a slacker.
I'm researching a new promotional method, and may take a financial plunge there. Right now I have an email out, and it's the weekend, so I don't expect to learn anything until next week.
So here I am. Date night with no date. I kind of want someone to dazzle me with a cool idea, but it doesn't look like it's going to come from a movie, television, a graphic novel, or a short story. Guess I'll go back to my own short story. Although, there is a new beer in the fridge called Peace Pipe Porter. It's a chocolate porter by Worthy Brewing out of Bend, Oregon. I'm a little leery of anything called Peace Pipe that comes out of Oregon, but I'm getting desperate here.
Hope you guys are all doing something wonderful and enjoying your own date nights.